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Tom Hardy is exec producing but is he also starring? (Picture: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images) A Christmas Carol is coming to our screens tonight with an all-star cast and a producing team that includes award-winning filmmaker Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy – but does the Venom actor star in the TV series too? It's one of the oldest Christmas tales and a story synonymous with the festive season since it was first penned by Charles Dickens back in 1843. Now, BBC One are airing a brand new version of the Christmas classic, about which executive producer Steven Knight said: 'This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story.' The star-studded cast on the show includes Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge and Andy Serkis as Ghost of Christmas Past as well as actor Stephan Graham, Tom Hardy's wife and Peaky Blinders co-star Charlotte Riley and Taylor Swift's actor beau Joe Alwyn. Advertisement Tom Hardy himself is also linked to the production as an executive producer, but does he also star in the series?
When does A Christmas Carol on BBC start? Thankfully, there isn't too much longer left to wait for the show to begin. The new mini-series will begin tonight, Sunday, December 22, at 9pm. So there are only a few more hours until you can sit down, get relaxed and delve into the dark world of Ebenezer Scrooge. With just three days left until Christmas, this is a great way to get into the festive mood. READ MORE: A Christmas Carol: What inspired Steven Knight to write BBC version When is A Christmas Carol on BBC? When will A Christmas Carol be on our screens? READ MORE Christmas movies: NEW poll reveals UK's favourite: Guess the worst How many episodes are in A Christmas Carol? This adaptation is reasonably short with just three episodes. However, there will be no waiting around for the next instalment. The first episode will air tonight, and the other two will follow consecutively. The second show is going to be released tomorrow, Monday, December 23, and the third and final episode on Tuesday, December 24, both at 9pm. This takes viewers right up until Christmas Eve when festive celebrations can officially begin. How many episodes will there be of A Christmas Carol? A Christmas Carol will have a total of three episodes which will be aired until Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol will have an all-star cast with Australian actor Guy Pearce leading the way as Scrooge. He is going to be joined by actors Andy Serkis, actress Charlotte Riley and actor Jason Flemyng who will be playing the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future respectively. As well as these three, Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham is stepping into the shoes of Jacob Marley who was Scrooge's miserable business partner before he died. But what inspired writer Steven Knight to get involved with the festive series? DON'T MISS... ATM scam warning: The latest cash machine scam revealed [WARNING] Satellite footage exposes mysterious aircraft near top-secret Area 51 [FOOTAGE] Outlander season 5 spoilers: Jamie Fraser and Claire to be split up? [SPOILER] Speaking at the show's premiere, Knight said: "It's a timeless classic, and Scrooge has survived all these years for a reason. "So there's something fundamental about the whole thing, past, present and future. "But I think that when Dickens was writing certain things he could really deal with because of the sensibilities of the time. "So what I did was go through the credits with the story sort of forensically looking for things that maybe were implied and suggested and those that could start to lead to an explanation of why Scrooge is like he is." Trending Hear an unabridged version of A Christmas Carol Things to do A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Got the whole day free? Hear an unabridged version of A Christmas Carol read from start to finish. Dickens actor Dominic Gerrard reads every word of the original tale, in the house where the author himself once lived. Charles Dickens Museum (Bloomsbury), £60, book ahead, 11am-4pm WINTER WARMERS: Head to Southbank Centre for some free lunchtime music. Today's Winter Warmers gig features beatboxers, singers, poets and MCs from the Battersea Arts Centre Beatbox Academy. While you're in the area, head outside to the winter market and soak up the atmosphere. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 1pm Pop into Somerset House to see Gingerbread City BOOZE AND THE BOROUGH: Footprints of London guide David Charnick leads a booze-themed guided walk around Borough. Learn about the area's alcohol-laced history, including London's biggest brewery. The Shard, £12/£9, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm THE SNOWMAN: For kids (and adults) who are fans of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman, there's a free festive sculpture trail by the river. 12 large models of the frosty fellow have been unveiled, each one designed to represent a different day from the 12 Days of Christmas song. London Bridge City, free, just turn up, until 5 January 2020 GINGERBREAD CITY: The Gingerbread City exhibition at Somerset House is still on, with buildings and structures made entirely from gingerbread, designed by professional architects and engineers. Look out for sweet replicas of London buildings including Battersea Power Station and London Bridge station. Somerset House, £9, book ahead, until 5 January Feeling festive yet? CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Having a last-minute Christmas shopping panic? Fear not — our guide to London's Christmas markets and fairs is on hand to lead you to your nearest scented candle, box of fudge or twinkly Christmas ornament. You'll be able to pick up a glass of mulled wine at most of them too. ICE SKATING: At Royal Palaces, on rooftops and in the middle of Covent Garden, London's festive ice rinks are very much open for business. Here's our guide to festive skating in London to help you pick which one to visit — most of them run through until New Year. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Not managed to see London's Christmas lights yet? Take some time out of the festive madness and wander the West End. We've put together a guide to this year's illuminations, including a map to help you plan your route. If you can stretch to the cost of a bus fare, that's a slightly easier way to see them. CHRISTMAS IN LONDON: If all of that's not enough festivity for you, have a browse of our Christmas in London guide for other festive things to do in the capital over the coming week. Tube ponderings with Barry Heck Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground. My Roundel of the Week is this personalised, home-baked tree decoration. You can make your very own following the instructions here. Merry Christmas everybody! Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube. Good cause of the day The London Landmarks Half Marathon is looking for volunteers to help out with the March 2020 event. Roles include marshalling, looking after drinks stations and even dressing up as London landmarks. Volunteers enable the race to go ahead, allowing the runners to raise money for their chosen charities. Find out more and sign up. What we're reading